"Can an erased hard drive be recovered? I accidentally erased external hard drive in Disk Utility. There are some important files, I want to learn how to recover erased external hard drive on Mac. Please help!"
Disk Utility is the default app on Mac to help users deal with hard drive related tasks, like fix errors on the disk, mount/unmount removable storage devices, format drives, etc. and it’s a tool to people are likely to use to erase an external disk. That’s why so many people accidentally erased mackintosh HD in disk utility as well as erased external hard drives on Mac.
"Erase" mostly means that you do not care for the files saved on the disk, but want to make it a completely new disk. For sure, after erasing, all files will gone. And for some other devices, computers, or software, it means the files are permanently deleted, not recoverable. All the files are destroyed. However, it’s quite different on Mac. Disk erased by Disk Utility means the disk is formatted by Disk Utility. It’s possible to recover the files after erasing the hard drive in Disk Utility.
If you regret erasing the hard disk or external hard drive on Mac with Disk Utility, you have two options to make up. retrieve erased external hard drive with Disk Utility if you have a backup file or recover files from erased external hard drive with data recovery software.
You can accidentally erased external hard drive with Disk Utility, you can also get back the erased external hard drive with Disk Utility if you have a backup of this disk. See, how important a back file is. It’s always wise to back up everything before you do anything unfamiliar on Mac.
Please note that restoring Disk Utility erased external hard drive with the backup file will 100% replace everything existing on the erased hard disk. If everything you have is in the backup file, then it’s no problem at all. If the backup file does not contain everything existing on the erased disk, you should use data recovery software to recover files from the erased external hard drive first, making sure you got what you want, and later find an empty disk to get back the backup file.
I have mentioned above that accidentally erased external hard drive with the disk utility does not mean files are permanently deleted. It’s possible to find the erased data by Disk Utility. However, if you haven’t had a backup file for the erased external disk, then you must make use of data recovery software.
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"How do I force my Mac to erase a hard drive?" "why can’t I erase my Mac?" sometimes, when you try to erase a external hard drive with Disk Utility, the "Erase" button just gray out. In this case, try the 3 methods below.
Sometimes if you can’t erase a external hard drive, mostly because it is only an partition of a drive, not the whole external hard drive. In this case, instead of erasing the partition, you need to erase the whole disk.
If there is an error with your external hard drive, you can’t erase it as well. In this case, you need to fix it before the erasing.
Using this method you can also fix SD card not showing on Mac.
Some people asked how to erase macOS. Actually, it’s in the startup. Most of time, people will not erase the macOS, because the whole mac works because of the macOS. If you really have to erase it, you should backup it with Time Machine first, after then boot your Mac in recovery mode to erase it.